On Florida’s Space Coast, we like to say rockets get out of here in a hurry. This GoPro “nightlapse” timelapse makes the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 with Starlink satellites on April 28, 2021, appear to be REALLY fast. In retrospect, it would’ve been nice if the trees weren’t in the way, but the challenge of launch photography is knowing where the rocket …
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You’ve landed in the middle of a transformation. Sky Diary’s new home is here on my official site, ChrisKridler.com (the main menu is above in case you’re looking for the Chris Kridler home page, author services, books and more). I started chasing storms in 1997 and soon after that developed a website, first on America Online and then on the web. After building Sky Diary for more than twenty years in HTML, it became a bit creaky. I’m in the process of capturing the best of Sky Diary and transferring it to this site for a more reader-friendly experience. Old pages at SkyDiary.com will forward to the new ones as appropriate. Much of the content is here already, though the old galleries with storm-chasing reports will linger a little longer as I save some of the best material and put it in my blog. You can already find blog posts and an index of storm chasing reports from recent years (continually updated as I add more of the archives). Stay tuned for more updates to this page.
Storm Chasing 2021Ready to hit the road? After a hiatus thanks to the pandemic, I’m making plans to head for the Plains for storm chasing this spring with fellow author Alethea Kontis. Follow our adventures here and on social media, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube (please subscribe!).
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted NASA’s Crew-2 to the International Space Station from Kennedy Space Center at 5:49 a.m. EDT on April 23, 2021, with a Crew Dragon capsule. We had a chance to see the launch from the NASA causeway, on the Cape Canaveral side. The predawn launch was perfectly timed for lovely light effects as the capsule and the booster …
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral at 12:34 p.m. today with more Starlink communications satellites aboard. I got a nice view from fairly close, though I used a GoPro to shoot a wide-angle video. It’s fun to see the mullets jumping out of the water as the roar rolls over the Banana River. Eventually many thousands of Starlink satellites in low-earth …
Whew! What a wild, wonderful, windy morning it was on the Indian River Lagoon today! With winds topping 30 mph, there were actually whitecaps on the waves, a rare occurrence around here. The cool weather was also welcome, as I expect we’ll soon get into the summer heat, with no escape in sight for months. The brisk weather was somehow soothing, and I shot …
I’ve seen an occasional sun halo here in east-central Florida, and I’ve also seen sun dogs. But I’ve never seen a halo of the complexity I witnessed the afternoon of February 10 in Rockledge. My best shot of the phenomenon was my first, with my phone. I got my “real” camera a little late to capture it when it was at its best. But …
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